Did you know that, even if you don't own a car, you can still obtain
reliable transportation on an hourly or daily basis, without the hassle
of actually having to deal with a rental car company? Thanks to a
service called "Flexcar" members can reserve and drive any of these
cars whenever and wherever they need to, without filling out
complicated paperwork or paying for insurance, gas, or repairs. Car
sharing can be arranged by the hour (standard rates start at only $8
per hour!) or by the day (a little more pricey, starting at $63 per
day). Anybody can become a member for $35. A service like this can put
both students and parents at ease, knowing that reliable transportation
can be easily obtained right on campus!
For undergraduates, personal transportation has long been a challenge. Campus parking for privately owned cars is usually limited or outright restricted, and few (if any) car-rental companies will rent to people under 25, much less under 21. The "Flexcar for Undergrads" opens up all of the benefits of car-sharing to 18- to 20-year-olds, a group which comprises the largest portion of campus populations.
Universities are increasingly turning to Flexcar to help reduce the to tal number of cars on campus while at the same time giving faculty, staff, and students a convenient transportation option. The vehicle situation at Arizona State illustrates the severity of the problem: in a given year the university hosts more than 1.5 million attendees at various campus events while on a weekly basis, more than 52,000 students vie for approximately 19,000 parking spots at the Tempe campus.
has expanded its "Flexcar for Undergrads" program through partnerships
with two major universities -- Arizona State University and the
University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, making Flexcar now available to
500,000 students at 27 colleges and universities across the country.
University faculty, staff and students at ASU and UWM will be able to
use Flexcar vehicles by the hour for a simple fee which includes gas,
insurance, maintenance, parking, and 24-7 emergency service. These
partnerships also mark the first car-sharing programs in the state of
Arizona and the city of Milwaukee, and bring to 15 the total number of
U.S. markets in which Flexcar operates - the most of any car-sharing
"Flexcar offers universities an innovative new tool for managing parking and campus congestion," said CEO Mark Norman. "Students can now have a brand new car parked outside their dorm for a few bucks an hour - gas and insurance included - without the university having to add more parking spots."
For staff and faculty, limited parking and the increase in the cost of gas make driving a car to campus increasingly cost-prohibitive. Faculty can now leave their car at home, and use Flexcar for university-related trips and meetings (charging the trip to a campus account) or personal errands (charging the trip to a personal account).
The addition of Arizona State means Flexcar now has its program at the nation's three largest universities (Arizona State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Florida). In addition, Flexcar already has partnerships with two dozen other leading college campuses, including: Johns Hopkins, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Maryland, Georgia Tech, Portland State University and Emory University, among others, making it a leader in providing major campus car-sharing programs.
Flexcar's services are now available to 500,000 students on 27 college campuses across the nation. And with its entrance into the Tempe and Milwaukee areas, Flexcar has expanded its operations to its 15 states, the most of any car-sharing operator. Flexcar expects to launch its car-sharing program at additional cities and campuses in the coming months.
by Brandy Schaffels